Grow With Joe On Growing Vegetables In Winter

Self-confessed gardening addict and garden writer Joe Harrison spills the beans on growing vegetables at home over the cooler months.

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We’ve all had another very busy year growing our fruit and vegetables, watering, weeding and harvesting. You’ve worked hard this year growing lots, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and long summer evenings. With the colder weather now upon us, perhaps it’s time to clean your tools, put them back in the shed and wave goodbye to your allotment or garden until next year, because you can’t plant or sow anything now in autumn and winter right? Wrong!

There are lots of different vegetables you can carry on growing to keep you busy during the forthcoming months. You may have been extremely organised in the summer and sown or planted lots of lovely brassicas in preparation for the winter months; cabbages, brussel sprouts & cavolo nero for example, which will all hopefully be looking good and healthy right now. If you do have lots of lush greens growing on your plot or in your garden then don’t forget to keep them protected with some netting because those greedy pigeons enjoy them just as much as we do and they won’t leave you any once they have a taste.

If time ran away from you and you didn’t quite manage to sow any brassicas, don’t worry because I’ll give you a few veggies you can get going with right now which will either give you a nice little harvest over the coming months or will give you a huge head start for your growing next year.

If you don’t have a greenhouse, don’t worry, it is possible to directly sow lots of things straight into your plot or garden. Why not have a go at planting onion and garlic sets? Both have a very long growing season and are extremely easy to grow because they are so low maintenance; push them into the ground and make sure they’re kept as weed free as possible and that’s pretty much it until harvest time. The only thing to keep in mind with them is that they won’t be ready to harvest until the summer so they’ll still be there when you begin your spring planting and sowing so a little forward planning may be needed.

Autumn planting ‘Snowball’ Onions have a lovely, mild flavour and store well.

If you would like a slightly earlier harvest for your efforts, try sowing a cold hardy variety of broad beans such as ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ or ‘Valenciana’, which you can enjoy in early spring. I have always found them to be a very easy, hardy vegetable to grow. It always amuses me seeing the tips of the plants standing proudly to attention, poking out the top of a few inches of snow, but still happy to give up a bumper crop despite the awful conditions they’ve endured.

Sow cold hardy broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ for early spring crops.

If you’re lucky enough to own a greenhouse, poly-tunnel, cold frame or even just a cloche there is no reason you can’t carry on enjoying fresh tasty salads throughout the winter months, with repeat sowings keeping you well stocked. Why not try land cress, lettuce, radicchio, corn salad, wild rocket or mustard? You can buy excellent mixed winter salad seeds now too which are always great to try for a bit of variety. Treat your winter salad in a similar way as your summer salad but just be careful when watering, you don’t want pools of water around your plants due to the risk of freezing.

Whichever veg you decide to grow, take a little time and pick the right variety when choosing your seeds; some are much more hardy than others and if you’re growing outside or in a greenhouse/poly-tunnel, don’t forget you can use horticultural fleece on your plants for a little added protection from the elements.

So, there you have it, a few things to keep those green thumbs busy over the autumn and winter months. Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying your garden, so wrap up warm, grab your flask of hot tea, coffee or even hot chocolate and get gardening!

Joe 🌼

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Christmas Gifts & Kits At Seed Pantry

Christmas at Seed Pantry is an exciting time, the Spring garden is just around the corner and it’s the start of a whole new year of growing. Here we have created the ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Gardeners, to help you find that perfect present for your plant loving family and friends.

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The Seed Pantry Monthly Subscription Boxes

For those who love to grow plants, from beginner to keen gardener. Think outside the box, or just think monthly personalised boxes delivered at the right time to grow each month. The expert how-to-grow guides will help your Gift recipients keep up to date with what to do in their garden spaces, gaining knowledge and expertise as they go. So instead of just one Christmas gift, you can give one every month of the year for them to enjoy!

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Seed Pantry Micro-Pod Garden

The Seed Pantry Micro-Pod Garden

Seed Pantry brings you the brand NEW innovative Micro-Pod Garden – because the best things in life come in small packages! Perfect for getting up close with the plant growing process. You can grow happy, healthy plants inside a mini micro-climate using full spectrum LED lights and an auto-ventilation system. Multiple settings allow you to use the pod for sun-loving and shady micro-climate plants alike.

Price: £38

Seed Pantry Grow Pod 2

For The Essential Ingredients

For growing plants and those essential kitchen ingredients, from herbs to chillies, the automated Seed Pantry Grow Pod 2 is designed to produce ultra-fresh food indoors with an LED grow light, hydroponically, with no soil, no mess and hassle-free. You don’t need to be an expert gardener, the Seed Pantry Grow Pod 2 does the work for you!

Price: £72

Seed Pantry Easy Grow Kits

For House Plant Enthusiasts

We have a range of gifts for those who prefer keeping their gardens indoors, or simply don’t have outdoor space to play with. Our Seed Pantry Easy Grow Kits contain everything you need to start growing indoor plants; Cactus, Jalapeno peppers and even Coffee bean plants!

Price from: £10

Seed Pantry Jumbo Summer Allotment Starter Pack

For Vegetable Patch Growers

Say Hello to our Seed Pantry Jumbo Allotment Starter Pack! Filled to the brim with everything you need to start your own home allotment veg patch. You can start propagating vegetables from seed including; tomatoes, peppers, beetroot, lettuces, beans, herbs and more. The pack is perfect for any budding gardeners and green-fingered chefs!

Price: £40

Seed Pantry Hottest Chillies In the World Easy Grow Kit

For The Thrill Seeker 

For those who live life on the edge and love a challenge, we have our Hottest Chillies in the World Easy Grow Kit! Everything needed to embark on a fiery adventure is inside, including not one, not two, but three varieties of the world’s hottest chilli seeds! (Guinness book of records). 

Price: £12

Seed Pantry Craft Beer Easy Grow Kit

For The Booze Lover

What could be more toast-worthy than growing your own booze? Designed for the beer enthusiast, the Craft Beer Easy Grow Kit contains all you need to grow a tipsy garden. Ideal for growing in towns and cities; each plant’s harvest can flavour over 100 litres of beer!

Price: £10

Seed Pantry Gardening Tools Range

For The Expert Toolbox Curator

A range of top-quality garden tools, made with love and exceptional craftsmanship, they are perfect for all gardeners. Tools from beautiful Japanese forged Garden Secateurs to life long durable spades and forks hand forged in the Netherlands. We have a tool for everyone and every garden situation.  

Prices starting from: £20

Seed Pantry Herb Seeds Starter Pack

For The Herb Grower

For those who are starting out and dipping their toes into the gardening world for the first time, the Herb Seeds Starter Pack is perfect! Packed with all you’ll need to start growing your own delicious organic herbs at home quickly and easily; From biodegradable pots and organic compost, to seeds of our favourite herb varieties, including Basil and Coriander.

Price: £27.99

Seed Pantry Me Seeds Starter Kit

For The Budding Gardener

The Seed Pantry Children’s Me Seeds Starter Kit contains a fabulous selection of seeds that kids of all ages will enjoy growing. Think gigantic pumpkins, the tallest ever sunflowers, the sweetest sweetcorn and the fastest growing food. Some grow quickly, others take their time, but the joy of watching a tiny seed grow into a majestic plant is part of learning about the wonders of nature!

Price: £12

Happy Christmas to you all, with love from the Seed Pantry team 🌼


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